The Millcreek Township School Board on Thursday got their first look at where their budget stands for the 2013-14 school year.
At a Finance Committee Meeting Thursday evening, the board found out the district faces a nearly six million dollars deficit of debt for the next school year. The cost for salaries, benefits and spending on charter schools all are set to see significant increases in the upcoming school year.
Board president Terry Scutella calls this a rude awakening.
"You always hope the pension part that we're paying back, that the state legislatures would make it a little easier on some of the 4% increase this year, maybe stretch it out," said Scutella. "If that doesn't happen, or it didn't happen, I don't know if its going to happen, but you have to plan for what's out there."
The board will hold a special meeting on April 3 to discuss what to do with the budget. A final budget must be passed by June 30.